Bill Boulter, NSP Awards advisor

NSP: How many different NSP awards are there?
Bill: We receive 450 to 500 awards per year from our 10 divisions and the Pro Division. I read every one of them.

NSP: Can you explain the difference between the National Outstanding Awards and the regular award nominations?
Bill: The National Outstanding Awards are a competition once a year to award the most outstanding patrollers and patrols in our organization. There are nine categories, and these awards are judged blindly by the National Outstanding judges. The rest of the NSP awards can be submitted at any time during the year, and there is no competition for these awards.

NSP: How are the winners chosen for the National Outstanding Awards?
Bill: Each division picks two judges to be a part of the Outstanding judge committee. All awards are read by the national adviser and then sent to the judges with the first page of the nomination removed so all submissions to the judges are a blind submission. No one is supposed to know where the paperwork originated.

The judges score the submissions and send them back to the Lakewood office, where Cheri Overton calculates the judges' submissions. Cheri and I then review the scores and award the winners. It is a very difficult and time-consuming process, but well worth the effort. This is done once a year.

NSP: How many hours are spent reviewing the award submissions?
Bill: That is a great question. Depending on the time of year, it could be 10 hours per week or it could be 30 hours per week. I would say on an average year, I spend 500 to 700 hours on awards.

NSP: How many cups of coffee are needed to complete your job?
Bill: Way too many cups of coffee to count. However, in the ski patrol tradition, also way too many beers to count. Beers after the work is done of course.

NSP: What is the longest-standing award NSP still presents?
Bill: As far as I know, it is the National Appointment. The first was given in 1938, National Appointment Number 1, to Rodger Langley. If there were awards before that, I do not know.

NSP: What is the newest award that has been introduced to the NSP?
Bill: I would say that the National Ski Patrol Hall of Fame is the newest award that the National Ski Patrol gives out.

NSP: How long have you served as the national program awards chair, and how long have you been involved with the Awards Program?
Bill: I took over the National Awards Program seven years ago after the untimely passing of my mentor, Myer Avedovech. Before that, I was the Eastern Division awards coordinator for 10 years, and before that I was the Central New York Region awards advisor for about six years. So including my local patrol awards work, I have been in the NSP Awards system for 28 of my 32 years as a patroller.

(ed. note: read more about the NSP Awards Program, including the current Outstanding Awards winners, here! )

NSP Awards Team

National Awards Advisor: Bill Boulter

Division Awards Coordinators

Alaska David Skitt
 Central Martin Fahje
 Eastern Jerry Sherman
 European Michael Staszewski
 Far West Bill Gibson
 Intermountain Nancy Pitstick
 Northern Erik Sakariassen
 Pacific Northwest Peter Schwartz
 Rocky Mountain Barbara Florey
 Southern Peg Harris